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Richard Dawson Unhappy Match Game Departure CBS had an immediate winner on its hands when it reintroduced TV audiences to Match Game in 1973. Gene Rayburn had hosted a more formal version of the game show in the 1960s, but it was never a big hit. However, the fun, free-wheeling 1970s version on CBS caught the fancy of viewers by the millions with its moderately risque questions in which TINKLE or BOOBS might be proffered as matches to the show's fill-in-the-blank format. Airing weekdays at 4:30 p.m., Match Game drew a wide variety of viewers from housewives to students getting home from school and everything in between. Although Rayburn was again the emcee, Richard Dawson, whose last major TV gig was his role as Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971, quickly became the show's centerpiece. Seated in the center of the bottom tier, he routinely engaged in witty and humorous banter with Gene and the contestants--and he was consistently the best player on the six-person panel. Match Game was the number-one daytime show in from 1973 until 1976. It was finally usurped by Family Feud, another game based on matching answers that was hosted by...Richard Dawson! His engaging manner absolutely shone in Family Feud. As Family Feud soared in popularity, Dawson became less interested in being a Match Game panelist. Still, Dawson was the clearly best player and would most often be selected by knowledgeable contestants when they were playing for the Super-Match jackpot question. In a candid interview long after Match Game went off the air, fellow regular panelist Brett Somers said she and Charles Nelson Reilly disliked Dawson because of his aloof personality to the point of them silently hoping he would not match the contestant. (Dawson, a non-drinker, did not socialize with the other five panelists during their boisterous lunch breaks where booze flowed freely.) In 1978, CBS expanded its afternoon soap operas to full hours and moved Match Game to a morning time slot. It was a horrendous blunder. The after-school crowd and working people could no longer watch the show. Moreover, a new gimmick--the star wheel-- was introduced. It randomized which celebrity would be used for the jackpot question. Dawson saw the star wheel as a personal slight and his mood on the show noticeably soured. His friendly banter with Gene virtually disappeared. Sensing Dawson was unhappy with Match Game, the show's producers asked if he wanted out of his contract. Dawson said yes. His final appearance on the daytime version of Match Game was episode #1285. He was shown in the opening montage holding a sign that said, "Fare thee well." At the episode's end, Gene made no announcement pertaining to Richard's impending departure--even after he was conspicuously not listed among the celebrity panelists who would be appearing on the following week's shows. Dawson left the studio without saying goodbye to anyone. He and Gene Rayburn never spoke again. Dawson coldly stated years later, "I moved on to greener pastures." Beset by declining ratings, Match Game was cancelled by CBS in 1979, although the syndicated Match Game PM ran until 1982. Rayburn died in 1999. Dawson died in 2012.
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson  unhappy  departure 
Added: 6th July 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
McDonalds Arch Deluxe flop McDonalds has had a few flops on their menu over the years. None was more costly than the Arch Deluxe fiasco of 1996. McDonald's marketed the sandwich as an adults-only burger. A very odd $100-million advertising campaign was launched to emphasize the point. Commercials featured kids who didn't want anything to do with the burger. (Some even said it was yucky.) Surveys showed the bizarre ad campaign was turning off potential customers from all demographic groups. Moreover, the Arch Deluxe was the highest priced burger on the menu, which did not help sales either. McDonald's then tried to salvage the burger with a more traditional advertising approach: This time the commercials showed McDonald's icon Ronald McDonald enoying the burger while doing adult activities, such as playing golf. It was too late, though. Even coupons allowing people to buy the burger for just a dollar failed to save the Arch Deluxe from extinction. McDonalds discontinued the sandwich in 1997.
Tags: Arch  Deluxe  McDonalds 
Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
1976 Swine Flu fiasco With The Swine Flu become headline news lately I want to repost this on the front page. Lava had a great description but the special characters used messes up the front page. See my comments which describe the swine flu in 1976.
Tags: Swine  flu 
Added: 18th November 2007
Views: 1920
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Posted By: Lava1964
President Gerald Ford Gets Swine Flu Shot On April I5, 1976, Congress passed Public Law 94-266, which provided $135 million of taxpayers' funds to pay for a national swine flu inoculation campaign; that's $348,491,686 in 2009 money. Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion (1976 dollars) had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the swine flu vaccine. Makers of the drug were given guarantees from the government to be immune from side-effect lawsuits.
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Added: 28th April 2009
Views: 1726
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Posted By: Cliffy
Philip Morris CEO Tells Pregnant Moms Smoking is Safe A news clip from 1971 where then Philip Morris CEO Joseph Cullman vows to take any ingredients found to be dangerous out of cigarettes. He also assures pregnant moms that smoking is safe and that cigarettes can actually be good for moms as "some women prefer smaller babies
Tags: Smoking    Philip    Morris    CEO    Health    Joseph    Cullman    Lung    Cancer    Big    Tobacco    Big-Tobacco    Lies    Blog     
Added: 18th March 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
The Jokers Wild I always liked this game show. The Joker's Wild was a popular program that ran on CBS from 1972 through 1975 and in syndication from 1976 through 1986. It is notable for the return to television of host Jack Barry who left TV after the scandal on his 1950s game show Twenty-One. After Barry died in May 1984 he was replaced as host by Bill Cullen. This clip is from a 1979 show. What a quick game!
Tags: Jokers  Wild  Jack  Barry 
Added: 18th November 2007
Views: 1986
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Posted By: Lava1964
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head BJ Thomas B.J. Thomas sings his most famous song, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970. The hit song was used as backgroud music for the totally pointless bicycle scene in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Tags: BJ  Thomas  Raindrops  Keep  Falling  on  my  Head 
Added: 18th November 2007
Views: 2441
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Posted By: Lava1964
I Love a Parade this photo takes me back! i could have been twirling a baton in that pic . .was a majorette in the '70's . . but check out what's playing at the movies. . . sort of anachronistic!!! (we'll not really, but i sure wasn't allowed to go see it!)
Tags: 1973  photo  Vineland  Shopping  Center  Vineland,  NJ 
Added: 19th November 2007
Views: 1191
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Posted By: Teresa
Milky The Cow Milky the marvellous milking cow from 1978. I didn't know these existed until I discovered this clip. It drinks water and gives milk, useful.
Tags: milky  milking  cow  toy 
Added: 19th November 2007
Views: 1819
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Posted By: Tony
Miss Peggy Guy on The Gong Show Another off-the-wall act from that bastion of culture and good taste called The Gong Show...Miss Peggy Guy from 1976. (As Chuck Barris once quipped, I liked it, but I like faulty plumbing.)
Tags: Gong  Show  Miss  Peggy  Guy 
Added: 22nd November 2007
Views: 3230
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Posted By: Lava1964

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